“Fanning the Flames, A Molly Crabapple Coloring Book”

Coming soon from Radix Media!

Here is the first look at the cover of Fanning The Flames, A Molly Crabapple Coloring Book. We are so proud to be collaborating with NYC-based, worker-owned, print shop Radix Media. Be sure to follow them to catch the pre-order link that’s coming very soon!

This cover reflects the collection’s themes out loud: a penchant for political theater and satire, disdain for capitalism and profit, and a critique of voyeurism and entertainment. After all Fanning the Flames is no ordinary coloring book—it’s one that forces the user to reflect in the act of coloring, performance, and its consumption. ” – Radix Media

“Women Refugee Voices from Asia and Africa, Travelling for Safety”

Molly contributed a chapter to the new book ” Women Refugee Voices from Asia and Africa, Travelling for Safety” which is now available for preorder from ActionAid Association.

The book brings “together first-hand accounts from women refugees and interventions by activists, academics, journalists, filmmakers, humanitarian workers, and international law experts, this book will be a must read for scholars and researchers of migration and diaspora studies, development studies, sociology and social anthropology, and politics and public policy. It will be of special interest to NGOs, policymakers, and think tanks.”

Pre-order your copy here.

Two Emmy Nominations!

We are so proud to announce that the series of short films “The Zo” has been nominated for two Emmy Awards in the categories “Outstanding Interactive Media: Documentary”, and “Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction: Documentary”.

The Zo is a 3-part animated series illustrated by Molly Crabapple, wirtten and directed by Kim Boekbinder and Jim Batt, and narrated by Michael K. Williams for The Marshall Project and First Look Media’s streaming service, Topic.

This is the groups second and third Emmy nominations, after “A Message From The Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” was nominated last year. 

“All That’s Utopian Melts Into Asphalt” on The Nation

Illustration by Josh Gosfield

“I see Utopia Parkway like this. All the grandiose plans have faded into the prosaic present, the small houses inhabited by people from everywhere on earth, struggling each day to build for themselves and for their families a private sliver of a better world. Behind the chrome railings racked with roses, their kids grow up into New Yorkers. Like me, they will forget the old languages of their old countries but will grow up striving for their own utopia, their very own no place.”

“A Miniaturist Goes Large” by Molly Crabapple

Shahzia Sikander/Sean Kelly, New York
Shahzia Sikander: Pleasure Pillars (detail), 2001

Molly’s review of Shahzia Sikander’s latest show “Extraordinary Realities” at the Morgan Library is on the New York Review of Books.

In this show, the juxtapositions are scintillating. Tantric acrobats. Brooklyn water towers. Horses that resemble the letters of a language that never was. The purported manuscript pages become palimpsests, entries in a sort of Borgesian library or archive, a repository as vast as the Earth itself. Her images invite the viewer down a rabbit hole papered with the detritus of empire, its wars and masquerade balls…

100 Years from Mississippi, and fundraiser for India

Molly contributed animations for the recently released film 100 Years from Mississippi, Best Documentary winner in the Harlem International Film Festival. 

“Mamie Lang Kirkland still remembers the night in 1915 when panic filled her home in Ellisville, Mississippi. Her family was forced to flee in darkness from a growing mob of men determined to lynch her father and his friend. Mamie’s family escaped, but her father’s friend, John Hartfield, did not. He suffered one of the most horrific lynchings of the era.

Mamie vowed to never return to Mississippi – until now. After one hundred years, Mamie’s youngest child, filmmaker, Tarabu Betserai Kirkland, takes his mother back to Ellisville to tell her story, honor those who succumbed to the terror of racial violence, and give testimony to the courage and hope epitomized by many of her generation.”

100 Years From Mississippi is now in film festivals

We also wanted to bring to your attention that India is currently dealing with a massive wave of new COVID19 cases, and is struggling to provide adequate care to patients.

In an effort to help, 100% of sales from each personalized copy of Drawing Blood and Brothers of the Gun bought from the shop will be donated toward fundraisers focusing on providing oxygen and medical care in India.

We’ve already donated over $2,000.00 and will continue to donate all of this week.

Each book contains a hand drawn, one-of-a-kind illustration by Molly (spoiler – may contain cats!).  And now until May 23rd, if you purchase one of Molly’s books from the shop, you can also get 20% off the print of your choice with code INDIA20

“Deadly Shame” with the National Nurses Union

Molly partnered with National Nurses United for a three part animation series “Deadly Shame”, exploring some of the issues addressed in their latest campaign.

‘“Deadly Shame: Redressing the Devaluation of Registered Nurse Labor Through Pandemic Equity” is a new white paper by National Nurses United (NNU) which provides an in-depth analysis of the devaluation of nurses’ care work and resulting inequities, their experiences on the pandemic’s front lines, and ways to redress these issues through collective action.”

Visit www.deadlyshame.org for more information

No Victor But God on Kerning Cultures

The podcast Kerning Cultures recently took a look at the enduring presence of Arab culture in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Molly was interviewed about the aesthetic influence of Arab culture in San Juan, that you may remember from the 3:AM magazine piece “No Victor But God”. Listen to this episode of Kerning Cultures for more in depth conversations about how Arab influences in Spain found their way to colonized North America.

“America’s Political Roots Are in Eutaw, Alabama”

The insightful new piece “America’s Political Roots Are in Eutaw, Alabama” written by Adam Harris and illustrated by Molly Crabapple is live at The Atlantic.

“Alabama hid aspects of its history for years, omitting them from textbooks and disregarding them in classrooms, which meant Black people learned their history from one another—perhaps while sitting at the feet of their elders, who would explain that it didn’t have to be this way.

Just after the Civil War, the nation went through a moment of radical political reimagination. Southern states were forced to introduce progressive measures to their constitutions in order to be readmitted to the union. In Alabama, that meant establishing free public schools and granting Black men the right to vote, among other things. But the progress was tenuous; in some ways, its undoing began when a mob murdered Alexander Boyd.”

Check out this important piece of American history here

“Welcome To The Zo” Wins Gold Medal

The three part series, produced by The Marshall Project, has just won a gold medal for use of video from the Society for News Design.

Judges said: “It has the potential to reach a broader audience because the characters are personal enough where they feel like people you would know … but they’re not quite individual people, so you can almost see yourself in them.”

See the full series here